OK, so I live in Brooklyn and I definitely smelled it. A number of people, as far up as 97th street in Manhattan, say they smelled it too. It came out of nowhere, suddenly I could smell a sweet aroma wafting through the air, it permeated everything. I assumed it was probably just a neighbor cooking up pancakes for dinner, what the hell do I know. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I suddenly had a urge to eat waffles.
I left my house and continued to smell it the entire night, no matter where I went. I kept asking everyone around me if they could smell it too, for fear that I was the only one and I was having a stroke or something and this would be the last thing I’d be smelling until I finally just keeled over. Fortunately, everyone I checked with said they did indeed smell it too. It was a sweet smell, like maple syrup, or butterscotch or something. It was like God poured syrup all over New York City.
I finally got home and managed to get to bed, basically convinced it wasn’t a stroke. Imagine my surprise when I woke up the next morning and realized that it wasn’t just Brooklyn, people in Manhattan were being treated to the sweet, sweet aroma of maple syrup all night too. What gives? Did someone drop a maple syrup dirty bomb on NYC? How the hell can the entire city from Harlem, (according to You Can’t Make That Up) to Brooklyn smell like maple syrup?
I demand answers into this.
Update: WNBC is reporting it too:
City officials still don’t know what caused a mysterious smell to drift through Manhattan Thursday night.
City residents first caught a whiff of the sweet scent around 9 p.m.They described it as smelling like maple syrup or roasted peanuts.Officials said there was nothing to suggest the odor was caused by anything dangerous.
Update: I just got off the phone with FOX5 News, and they want to interview me about the smell. They say people are going nuts trying to figure out what the hell it was. It seems literally no one knows.
While it seems for now, we’re all still here, this little find about chemical weapons wasn’t very much consolation:
How do you know if you have been exposed to a chemical agent? You may
not be able to see or smell one. In their pure forms, most chemical
weapon agents are clear liquids. Impure chemicals may be yellowish
liquids. Most are odorless and tasteless, but some have a slightly
sweet or fruity smell.
Thank god I didn’t read that last night.
I’m still going with the fact it’s some sort of viral marketing scheme for a new flavor of Aunt Jemima.
Update: The New York Times is even reporting it, they have no answers either.